Glutton for punishment? Then see ‘50 Shades Darker’

In all the kinked knots and twists of satin that adorn “Fifty Shades Darker,” none is more worthwhile to uncoil than the tangled absurdities of its

‘John Wick 2’ is an extravagantly violent good time

Before you buy a ticket to see “ The same goes for the movie, about the storied hitman who was driven out of retirement and

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ is radical and of the moment

Somewhat deep into the searing and utterly necessary documentary “ Peck’s restraint to build to and save that gut punch for a moment when he’s certain

Lovingly constructed ‘Red Turtle’ entertains slowly

When was the last time an animated film actual lowered your pulse rate? In its typical Hollywood form, an animated feature is usually the cinematic

In ‘The Founder,’ cutthroat big business, supersized

Ketchup, mustard, two pickles. In John Lee Hancock’s When Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling traveling salesmen selling milkshake mixers, first beelines to San Bernardino, California,

Review: In ‘Patriots Day,’ a community disarms terrorism

B ombs detonated in the center of Boston are disarmed by bonds of family and community in Peter Berg’s “Patriots Day,” a stirring ode to civic life

Loach film is a searing call for humanity, decency

Just like a Michael Moore documentary, there’s nothing subtle about a Ken Loach drama. The 80-year-old British director and social critic has long been an ardent,

Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is a gorgeous, tedious journey

Martin Scorsese's "Silence " is not an easy film to watch. At times it's grotesquely violent, at others tediously slow. But it is a full and worthy

In ‘Barry,’ a young Obama, long before ‘hope’

N ot since young Abe have the early formations of an American president inspired as much moviemaking as Barack Obama’s early life. Vikram Ghandi’s “Barry,” a snapshot of Obama as

Can you go home again? The lovely ‘Lion’ says yes

There are two ways to view “Lion.” One is as a heart-warming tale of love beyond boundaries and the incandescent pull of home. The more cynical view is that

A poet on the run in startlingly great ‘Neruda’

Chilean director Pablo Larrain is on a hero’s quest to destroy the conventional biopic it seems. He turned the post-assassination days of Jacqueline Kennedy into an atmospheric examination of

In ‘Jackie,’ a fractured Kennedy fable

 History, lately run amok, is ordered with such tidy, forceful finesse by Natalie Portman’s Jacqueline Kennedy in in the piercing “Jackie.” Summoning a journalist to Hyannis Port in 1963,

Beatty as eccentric billionaire – not THAT one

Lily Collins (left), and Alden Ehrenreich in a scene from "Rules Don't Apply" Warren Beatty doesn't want us to regard "Rules Don't Apply," in which he stars as Howard

Superb ‘Manchester by the Sea’ swells with emotion

It's hard to overstate the magnificence of Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea ." His third feature following "You Can Count on Me" and "Margaret" is one that swells

‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ is a mesmeric trip

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk “ is not a war movie in the traditional sense. There are battle scenes, and brothers in arms banter, sure, but

‘The Eagle Huntress’ is a heartwarming all-ages tale

There is an ancient tradition of falconry practiced by the people of Mongolia where burkitshi, or "eagle hunters," train golden eagles to respond to their call and hunt hares and

Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon in ‘Inferno’

By a twist of fate, there are two infernos you can submerge yourself in this weekend. You can either take the Dan Brown audio tour of Florence and Dante’s Divine

‘The Joneses’ is another studio comedy misfire

The modern studio comedy increasingly feels limp, suffocated by the financial imperatives of high-concept plots and desperately in search of signs of life. Greg Mottola’s “Keeping Up With the Joneses”